Choosing a Learning Path
What is the best program @ Argyll for your child?
Argyll Centre offers both teacher-directed and parent-directed programs onsite and in a distributed learning model, for students in Grades K through 12. For a review of Argyll programs please see this document which illustrates both Edmonton onsite and distributed online programs.
Argyll Centre is a distributed learning school, offering multiple channels of learning and teaching through a variety of delivery formats and mediums that enable students, teachers and course content to interact across distance. Distributed learning connects students with teachers, often with a strong parent-teacher partnership, providing choice, flexibility, and authentic learning experiences. At Argyll, the potential exists through 21st century technologies and literacies, to build highly personalized, engaging learning opportunities for student success, as well as expanding teacher expertise to critically influence and support student learning.
In addition to our Caraway K-9 onsite program in Edmonton, Argyll Centre offers both teacher-directed and parent-directed programs onsite and in a distributed learning model, for students in Grades 1 through 12.
How do you choose which program delivery is the right one for your child?
Do you want face to face or onsite instruction for your child?
- Onsite instruction is available in our Edmonton-based Caraway program in grades K-9.
- Students who register in one of our Teacher-directed delivery options: Learnnet or Live Online and live in Edmonton are welcome to register in Edmonton-based onsite activities which supplement the teacher-directed online instruction. Registration for these activities are part of our online registration.
- Our parent-directed delivery option offers site-based activities based on interest. These are scheduled in the scheduler inside our gated learning community, MyLocker, under the parent tab. Credentials to access MyLocker are provided after registration.
- In Edmonton parents whose children are registered as parent-directed may join our Natural Learning Community (NLC) and participate in many locally organized learning activities. Registration for the NLC is included in our online registration.
- You'd love face to face contact with Argyll teachers but it doesn't appear that we offer onsite contact in your community...you might consider learning about Argyll's very vibrant online community of supports for both teacher and parent-directed delivery.
- If you want the Argyll teacher to direct your child's learning then select the teacher-directed delivery option
- If you want to direct to direct your child's learning as the primary educator, but still enjoy the learning partnership with an Argyll teacher then select the parent-directed delivery option
- Do you want an Argyll teacher to direct your child's learning in some courses? Do you feel confident to direct your child's learning in other courses? Select the blended registration delivery option. In the online registration indicate which courses will be teacher directed and which will be parent directed.
- If you want to direct your child's education, select resources, determine the education plan and content then you are choosing home schooling or Argyll's parent-directed delivery option. You may join a rich online parent-directed community with access to well stocked digital shelves or learning resources across the curriculum and across all grade levels. In addition, as a member, you are welcome to join the activities of the Natural Learning Community.
- If you want to be an engaged parent in your child's learning, and partner with an Argyll teacher who directs your child's learning based on the Alberta Program of Studies, with pre-selected learning resources then you are choosing home-based learning or Argyll's teacher-directed delivery option
- In grades 1-9 our Live Online program combines the best of learning online and learning offline. We highly recommend a student register in Live Online if a parent is learning to use online resources and learning about home-based learning.
- If your child is in grades 1-9 then you may choose between Live Online and LearnNet.
- All registrations in high school are considered LearnNet registrations unless the student is registering in Reach Out, or for home instruction.
- LearnNet (grades 1-12) is a subject and lesson based delivery approach. LearnNet is an online program that uses technology to give students the freedom to adjust their schooling to fit their schedule. Students will have a teacher in each subject. Students follow clearly communicated schedule of learning and assessment activities. Students may self pace their progress within the course deadlines. Learning materials are available online and students have 24/7 access. Instruction in course materials is enhanced and supplemented with weekly scheduled online live webinars with each teacher in each subject.
- Live Online (grades 1-9) is a project based learning approach. LiveOnline is an online program that uses technology to nurture an online learning and teaching community. Students are engaged in regularly scheduled live webinars at least 3 times per week. Students learn in cross-graded cohorts which integrate the Alberta Program of Studies across subject areas and grades. Students Webinars are supported with 24/7 access to online learning resources and instructions.
- Argyll's teacher customized option for those students who need personalization of their learning to study off line or with resources which need to be supplemented because they do not align with the Alberta program of Studies. If you do not see what you are looking for please talk to us. We are more than willing to work with you to design a program that fits your child.
- At Argyll we use the online learning environment and tools to effectively connect all our students to our learning and teaching community. These tools are used to communicate: telephone, face to face, and within a gated and password protected learning community: email, instant messaging and live webinars. In addition we communicate using our website, our courses and Schoolzone.
- Online instruction does not mean that the student is restricted from learning offline. The student may choose to work away from the computer or print out resources to read offline. Argyll uses the online tools to keep our students connected to their school, their teacher and supports to be successful.
- In grades 1-9 our Live Online program combines the best of the online and offline worlds. We highly recommend a student register in Live Online if a parent is learning to use online resources and learning about home-based learning.
When I say I want offline learning what I really mean is that I want my child to learn using correspondance materials
- At Argyll the use of what is called correspondence is part of our decision making in the selection of the best learning materials to support your child's successful learning, rather than a designated delivery method. We register all our students as a member of our online community so that we have tools to communicate, publish progress reports and connect students with their teacher and learning community. Once you have had a look at our online resources which we believe are preparing our students for successful 21st century learning, our Assistant Principals will be very happy to register your child in a course which will give your child access to correspondence learning materials.
A summary of Argyll's delivery methods and services - click here
As a school in Alberta, Argyll Centre is mandated under the Province of Alberta School Act. To define Resident Student, the Provision of Educational and Associated Services section 44 (1) states:
44 (1) Subject to this section, a student is a resident student of the board of the district or division, as the case may be, in which the student’s parent resides.
To clarify “…in which the student’s parent resides”, the School Act defines Residence as:
1988 cS-3.1 s236
- For the purposes of this Act, the place of residence of a person is governed by the following:
- a person can have only one place of residence;
- a person’s residence is the place where that person ordinarily lives and sleeps and to which, when absent from the residence, that person intends to return;
- when a person leaves a district, division or unorganized territory, as the case may be, with the intention of becoming resident somewhere other than in that district, division or territory, that person’s residence in that district, division or unorganized territory ceases;
- when a person leaves Alberta with the intention of residing outside Alberta, that person’s residence in Alberta ceases.
In accordance with the School Act, students who reside in Alberta may register at the Argyll Centre. For Elementary and Junior High students, registration at the Argyll Centre runs from August 17-September 30. Students need to be in Alberta and available to meet with school staff during this period. During this registration process, a teacher will work with students to gather resources, structure programming and set up an Individual Education Plan.
Students not in Alberta during this time are unable to register at the Argyll Centre. These students may purchase curriculum resources and continue to address the Alberta Program of Studies but their registration obligations are under the province/country in which they reside
What you need to Register
Please bring the following with you when you come to register. It will speed the process along and ensure your students can begin the school year as soon as possible.
- If you are new to Argyll Centre, you should bring a recent report card or transcript. This will help us to select the instructional methods and materials that are best suited to your student.
- If a student has never been registered with an Edmonton Public School before, you should bring a birth certificate or other legal document to verify their birth date. Other valid documents include landed immigrant document, Canadian citizenship document, change of name certificate, passport, or student visa. If you do not have a valid document to verify the student's age, you may sign a temporary declaration of age and provide the necessary documentation within 3 months of registering. Students should be a minimum of 4.5 years old to attend kindergarten, 5.5 years old to attend grade 1 and a maximum of 19 years old as of September 1 of the school year.
- Edmonton Public School District registration guidelines say that a student should be a resident of Alberta. You should bring some proof of address, such as a driver's licence or utility bill, to prove the parent's residency in Alberta. Students need to be in Alberta and available to meet with school staff from August 17-September 30. During this period, a teacher will work with students to gather resources, structure programming and set up an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
- Out-of-province or international students may register, but they must pay a tuition fee as part of their registration.
- While most of our school fees are charged to the supplementary funding students have access to, some fees, such as textbook deposits, student agendas and ID cards must be paid during registration. Make sure you have a method of payment for these minor expenses.
Registration Process: an Argyll Advantage!
Registration is now open for the 2013-2014 School Year. Click Here
Current year registration information
Secondary registration (students registered at another school and wishing to access a course through Argyll), may not use the online registration. A permission form from the primary high school must be presented when they register in person at Argyll Centre.
All other students in grades 1-9 are required to register at their neighbourhood school after September 28, 2012. If your K-9 child is currently registered in another school and wishes to attend Argyll please ask your school administrator to contact Argyll Principal:
John Beaton, Argyll Principal: (780) - 465-1299 or 1-888-532-7222
Registration is a simple four-stage process at Argyll Centre
1.Choose a program
Use the Learning Paths information on this web site, or contact our registration staff for up-to-date registration information. If you need help making a decision, our staff are available to explain your options and help you make the right choice for your students. If you will be outside Alberta during the school year, make sure that you have read the Residency Guidelines.
To make the registration process as quick as possible, please make sure you have everything you need to register.
A note about student ages:
- Grade 1 entrance requirements: A student must have turned 5 on March 1 to enter grade one in fall. So that means for 2013-14 registration, anyone born March 1, 2008 or earlier can enter grade 1.
- Grade 12 entrance: A student must be 19 on Sept 1 of the academic year in which he or she is registering . So if the student turns 20 on Sept 2, the student is eligible and welcome to register.
NOTE: You cannot register for Summer School using the Online Registration process. Students must register through Metro Continuing Education
If you have any questions, or are currently registered at another school and would like to take a few courses from Argyll, please contact Argyll Centre at 780-465-1299 or toll free 1-888-532-7222 ext 0. Otherwise please click the Register Online link below.
After September 30, online registrations will be accepted for High School only. Secondary registration (students registered at another school and wishing to access a course through Argyll), may not use the online registration. A permission form from the primary high school must be presented when they register in person at Argyll Centre.
All other students in grades 1-9 are required to register at their neighborhood school.
Out of province of Alberta students from Canada interested in studying online: Out of province registrants are eligible to register in our teacher directed delivery option, either in LearNnet or Live Online. Once you have registered online the student academic application will be reviewed by our Assistant Principals. Please call and discuss your registration with Daylene Lauman (High school) or Alison Hancox (grades 1-9) 1-888-532-7222
Overseas students interested in studying online: Overseas registrants are eligible to register in our teacher directed delivery option, either in LearnNet or Live Online. Overseas students choosing this option will study from their home country and must account for the time change across distance to attend the live instruction online. Student visas are not required. Once you have registered online the student academic application will be reviewed by our Assistant Principals. Please call and discuss your registration with Daylene Lauman (High school) or Alison Hancox (grades 1-9) 1-888-532-7222.
Once registration is approved Argyll will contact Edmonton Public Schools for an assessment of the fees that apply to your child, and instructions for wiring them. Fees must be paid before the registration is finalized and the student receives access to online learning materials.
Edmonton Public School Application Fee: $250
Out of Province Blended, Elementary and Junior High / Senior High School, and Overseas fee: Please call John Beaton for details @ 1-780-465-1299 (pro-rated according to program, courses or date)
3.Confirmation of Registration
The Argyll Centre will contact parents or guardians via e-mail to confirm registration, provide login information, as well as additional information regarding Argyll resources, technical information, and assigned teachers. Once you have received your login information, you can access My Locker to view news items, email, and links to educational resources.
4.Assignment of teachers
All Parent Directed and Blended students will be expected to develop Individual Education Plans (IEP). You will be assigned a teacher as your Argyll contact, support, and resource person for the year. This person will be able to help you with your education plan.
All Argyll Centre staff are professionally dedicated and knowledgeable concerning home education. All of our teachers have at least one university degree, are certificated teachers and members of the Alberta Teacher Association (ATA).
Assistant Principals are responsible for assigning teachers.
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